“Bats for a Cure” to Benefit Susan G. Komen® Colorado

“Bats for a Cure” to Benefit Susan G. Komen® Colorado

 Thunder Baseball Tournament Anticipates 7th Annual Event to Reach Community Impact Goal of $125,000 

BROOMFIELD – May 8, 2018 – More than 225 baseball teams, decked out in pink, will converge on Clapper Field, June 1-3, to support Komen Colorado. Thunder Baseball League kicks off its 7th Annual CABA Colorado Baseball Tournament Friday, June 1 to raise money for local breast health care and education funded by Komen Colorado.

The tournament has raised more than $100,000 for Komen Colorado during the last six years. Thunder Baseball executive director Shawn Williamson says this year’s goal is $25,000. Williamson’s wife, Lynne, who is a breast cancer survivor, inspired the annual event. He says family and friends played a significant role in caring for the couple’s three young boys while Lynne went through treatment.

“We wanted to give back,” Williamson said. “While there are many great causes, Komen was in the forefront. We had participated in Race for the Cure many times and believed Komen Colorado was a good fit.”

Williamson decided to use the baseball tournament as a vehicle to educate the community about breast cancer and help others receive life-saving screening and treatment.

Komen Colorado CEO Dianne Primavera will attend the June 1 opening ceremony. Primavera notes, since Komen Colorado does not receive government funding, local events, like “Bats for a Cure,” help support local programs and national research.

“It’s the generosity of our extraordinary donors that enable us to meet the breast health care needs of hundreds of Coloradoans each year,” Primavera said. “This event is critical for us to be able to help reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer.”

Seventy-five percent of funds raised remain in Colorado to provide mammograms, diagnostic testing, and treatment for people who have no other means to receive these services. The remaining dollars assist national research efforts to ensure fewer women are at risk from breast cancer in the future.

Bats for a Cure opening ceremony will honor breast cancer patients and survivors. Balloons will be released to remember loved ones who have died from the disease. Do or Dye Hair Salon will be on hand to offer haircuts and pink-out baseball players’ hair.

The tournament, played by 7 – 14 year olds, runs Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the games, there also will be family-friendly activities like a jump castle, dunk tank, and silent auction.

Location – Clapper Field, 116th and Teller St, Broomfield
Opening Ceremony – Friday, June 1, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tournaments – Saturday and Sunday, begin at 8 a.m.

About Susan G. Komen Colorado®

Denver-based Susan G. Komen® Colorado has invested nearly than $42.7 million into 126 Colorado-based non-profit health clinics, hospitals and community-based organizations to provide life-saving breast cancer care to those in need in 22 counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma). Komen Colorado’s local investments have provided Coloradans with more than:

  • 39,537 clinical breast exams
  • 54,759 mammograms
  • 27,523 diagnostic tests that diagnosed more than 650 breast cancers
  • 2,122 treatment services (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation)

In addition, the organization has raised nearly $15.6 million for ground-breaking research to understand risk-factors for the disease, treatment protocols, how the disease metastasizes, and evidence-based interventions to increase survivorship. Learn more at www.komencolorado.org.

 About Thunder Baseball League, Inc.
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